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How do you pronounce silage?

(46 Posts)
undoubtedly Mon 15-Jun-15 19:45:24

I'm on my continuing perfume quest but am facing one looming obstacle which will trip me up and cause me to fall flat on my face....

How do you say silage? Surely it's not like the stuff you get on a farm, is it?


SilverHawk Mon 15-Jun-15 19:48:07

For a farm, I'd say sI lidge

Stealthpolarbear Mon 15-Jun-15 19:48:55

Well what does it mean?

FrugalFashionista Mon 15-Jun-15 19:48:59

With a thick, fake French accent wink

BoreOfWhabylon Mon 15-Jun-15 19:49:59

silage is s-eye-lage. Animal feed grin

sillage is sill-age. Perfume staying power

FrugalFashionista Mon 15-Jun-15 19:51:25

Pardon my French

undoubtedly Mon 15-Jun-15 19:52:52

Oh is it spelled sillage?

Fuck me my eyesight is getting bad.

Yes I meant perfume dry down. Sorry I should have explained that!

SwedishEdith Mon 15-Jun-15 19:53:08

I think it's see- ayzh because I've just googled it I suppose the end is like mirage. And there are 2 lls

undoubtedly Mon 15-Jun-15 19:54:13


Oh dear Frugal I'd feel a knob.....

undoubtedly Mon 15-Jun-15 19:55:35

Thank god I didn't call it s-eye-lidge!

I'd have had to have emigrated.... hmm

BoreOfWhabylon Mon 15-Jun-15 19:56:46

Yes, two 'l's - pron. sort of seee-yaahj (just looked it up)

lilacblossomtime Mon 15-Jun-15 20:00:32

This is so funny, op you have to pronounce it the farm way. Does it smell like fermenting grass?

Laquila Mon 15-Jun-15 20:02:46

SEE-yarge but I much prefer silage!! Brilliant smile

undoubtedly Mon 15-Jun-15 20:03:36

I've got about 6 going all up my arms at the moment.

There was one which had a whiff of muck heap about it... hang on....

undoubtedly Mon 15-Jun-15 20:04:47

Penhaligon's Opus 1870.

Greengardenpixie Mon 15-Jun-15 20:06:32

gaggiagirl Mon 15-Jun-15 20:06:48

Katie puckrick on YouTube (love her) pronounced it seeeel aaaaagzhe (seelarge????)

FrugalFashionista Mon 15-Jun-15 20:08:08

In perfumery, sillage means the cloud of perfume that trails you. Some perfumes are voluminous, they stay in the room after you have left. Some call them sillage-monsters. Try Poison or Portrait of a Lady. winkIt's opposite is close-to-the-skin scent, I think.

It does not mean the drydown exactly (I get the basenotes at drydown)

No need to fear these terms btw, sniff and explore without fear. Lots of perfumes even don't have the traditional pyramid structure of top notes, middle notes and basenotes (so the beginning and end are pretty much the same, or the perfume is linear). And plenty of perfume salespeople know very little about perfumes - you are far ahead in the game if you know what I just explained. If you get a truly knowledgeful person, just ask a lot of questions, there are no stupid questions...

FrugalFashionista Mon 15-Jun-15 20:08:55

This reminds me of how Americans pronounce lingerie wink

undoubtedly Mon 15-Jun-15 20:15:51

How do the Americans pronounce lingerie??

Sorry Frugal yes I meant its sort of cloudy lingeringness as you explained. I was being lazy and not explaining properly.

I haven't found anything I could call anything more than "moderate" yet, and even that is a stretch for some most of them. I can't find anything green/tea/bergamot/citrus that's really BIG.

gaggiagirl Mon 15-Jun-15 21:03:29

You could try tommy girl....yes really! Its based on the smell of a Russian tea store apparently. I love it.
There is a roger and gallet citrus scent that is pretty big too.
Elizabeth Arden green tea packs a punch. All of the ones I've mentioned are worth a try as they dont cost much at all, around a tenner.

undoubtedly Mon 15-Jun-15 21:05:32

I used to wear Tommy Girl at Uni, the smell takes me right back there smile

I'll try the green tea one out of interest, thanks for the recommendation x

JimmyCorkhill Mon 15-Jun-15 21:07:36

Really? Tommy Girl? God, I loved that perfume but thought I was too old for it now (do they still make it?)

DrankSangriaInThePark Mon 15-Jun-15 22:14:09

One of my Nose samples did the farmyard thing. Peony something, can't remember now but it was utterly vile, smelled like rotting muckheap but sweet as well. Decomposing melon.

I've really sold it to you all, haven't I? grin

burnishedsilver Mon 15-Jun-15 22:27:07

I'm Irish. We pronounce our Rs. When you say See-yarze are you saying C.R.Zee or C. aaaa Zee? Surely neither is right.

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